em·​bry·​on·​ic | \ ˌem-brē-ˈä-nik How to pronounce embryonic (audio) \

Definition of embryonic

1 : of or relating to an embryo
2 : being in an early stage of development : incipient, rudimentary an embryonic plan

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Other Words from embryonic

embryonically \ ˌem-​brē-​ˈä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce embryonically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of embryonic in a Sentence

The tourism industry there is still in an embryonic stage.

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By the summer of 2023, after months of wrangling, EU leaders agreed to establish a new European Treaty Organisation (ETO), building on the EU’s embryonic military bodies. The Economist, "Europe alone: July 2024," 6 July 2019 The most fascinating element in the exhibit is an aquarium that has a tiny newborn shark, striped black and white, watching over two hanging egg sacs which hold embryonic sharks. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Sharks! on exhibit through summer at the Bruce," 3 July 2019 Above, a human stem cell colony, which is no more than 1 millimeter wide and comprises thousands of individual stem cells, grows on mouse embryonic fibroblast in a research laboratory in September 2001. Kevin Flower, CNN, "FDA wins major victory in campaign against stem cell clinic," 4 June 2019 Conversely, an element of Industry 4.0 that has evolved past the embryonic stage is the use of sensor data to drive plant operations—especially for the task of predictive maintenance. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "The fourth Industrial revolution emerges from AI and the Internet of Things," 18 June 2019 Astronomers have spent decades, if not centuries, hoping to see embryonic planets. Quanta Magazine, "A Close Look at Newborn Planets Reveals Hints of Infant Moons," 16 June 2019 There are also a variety of concerns about the basic technology that need to be dealt with before it can be used widely in treatments for the sick—let alone to tinker with healthy embryonic humans. The Economist, "Gene editing is back in the spotlight," 14 June 2019 Brewton stressed cord blood stem cells are not the same as embryonic stem cells, which are often morally controversial. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al.com, "‘Amazing, life changing’; Cord blood donation program at Brookwood yields 4 life-saving transplants," 14 June 2019 More than a dozen states have passed measures banning abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat (more accurately, embryonic pulsing) is detected, and four states have signed these types of bills into law. Tiffany Diane Tso, refinery29.com, "Sugar Daddy Site CEO Offers To Pay For Abortions, Because This Is America," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of embryonic

1740, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of embryonic

: of or relating to an embryo
: in an early or undeveloped stage


em·​bry·​on·​ic | \ ˌem-brē-ˈän-ik How to pronounce embryonic (audio) \

Medical Definition of embryonic

1 : of or relating to an embryo
2 : being in an early stage of development : incipient, rudimentary

Other Words from embryonic

embryonically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce embryonically (audio) \ adverb

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